Retiring in Ecuador - 11 Days


Tour Design

We can customize this private tour based on your wishes & budget – call us and talk with an expert

Departure Dates

You can start your private tour every day of the year!

Difficulty Level

Easy – Moderate


This great trip focuses on the culture, history and daily living in Ecuador by taking you to some great places for a future retirement. This trip focuses on visiting the main areas in the Andean region of the country that are ideal to retire in. These areas offer an excellent quality of life and provide many great benefits for those considering Ecuador as a place they might make their home in the future. The trip begins in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, and the valleys surrounding it. Then to Cotacachi and Otavalo. The trip then turns south, through the Avenue of the volcanoes and arrives to the southern region of the country, spending time in Cuenca, and Vilcabamba valley.


Besides the private tours, which can start any day of the year, Latin Frontiers now also organices 3 group tours per year. The next group tour will happen from

  • Feb 22nd to Mar 3rd 2019
  • May 17th to 26th  2019
  • Sep 13th to 22nd 2019

Please contact us, we`d be happy to send you the itinerary!


Duration: 11 Days
Departure: Daily
Hotels: First Class Accommodation
Locations: Quito – Cotacachi – Cuenca – Vilcabamba valley


Day 1 - Transfer in Quito

When you arrive in Ecuador, you will be met by our representative and will be transferred to your charming hotel in Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure


Day 2 - Colonial city tour in Quito & Middle of the World visit

Today you will discover Quito, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America and declared by UNESCO as part of Cultural Heritage of mankind.

You will explore the colonial part of the city, starting at the Independence Square with the presidential palace and the city hall.

Next, you will visit San Francisco church and museum-monastery (1535), and the finest example of baroque art in America: La Compañía church (1605) with its breathtaking gilded altars.

Subsequently you will visit the impressive cathedral and drive up to the Panecillo Hill to enjoy an amazing view of Quito and admire the only winged-Virgin statue in South America. This is also a great spot for taking pictures of Quito.

After visiting the colonial center of Quito you will go to the Middle of the World Monument, which is located 25 km north of Ecuador’s capital at latitude 0° 0´0”.

You will have the opportunity to stand in both hemispheres and take wonderful pictures. Here you can also visit the ethnographic museum on site where you can learn about local cultures and challenge gravity.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure  (Breakfast)


Day 3 - Quito surroundings tour – Transfer to Otavalo

Today you will visit ´the valleys´ of Quito, such as Cumbayá, Tumbaco and Los Chillos. These valleys are located lower than Quito and therefore have a warmer climate. They are popular among expats, because of the climate, the space and the tranquil lifestyle, as well as good education and health services. In the afternoon you will continue to Imbabura, the province of beautiful landscapes and folklore. This province is located only 50 miles north of Quito. In the Imbabura province you find towns like Otavalo, Ibarra and Cotacachi. The next two nights you will spend in a beautiful colonial hacienda close to Otavalo.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui (Breakfast)


Day 4 - Otavalo Indian Market & Peguche waterfall visit

Today you will visit the biggest and most colorful indigenous market in Latin America, the famous Otavalo. Its market is famous around the world for its colorful tapestries, hand-knitted wool sweaters, native paintings, wood carvings, silver jewelry, woolen and straw hats, and much more at bargain prices. After this, you will go to the Peguche Waterfall near Otavalo, where you will arrive after a refreshing walk. In the afternoon you will return to Quito, enjoying the rural landscape.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui (Breakfast)


Day 5 - Cuicocha Lake and Surroundings

Today you will visit Cuicocha Lake, one of the most interesting crater lakes in Ecuador. This active volcano has a lagoon inside its crater with two small islands. If you like, you can enjoy a boat ride around the crater and listen to the stories and legends of this magical place or take a short hike for a beautiful view. After this, you will continue discovering this amazing area near Otavalo. On your way back to Quito you will enjoy the fantastic agricultural mosaic of rural Ecuadorian.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)


Day 6 - Flight to Cuenca - City Tour and surroundings

Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight to Cuenca. This city is considered the best destination for retirement according to International Living Magazine.

Today you will discover one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America – Cuenca – which is located at 2,500 meters above sea level in a valley surrounded by 4 rivers and mountains with a very colorful countryside. Cuenca is famous for its art and history; there you will be able to admire its beautiful marble Cathedral, its cobblestone streets, graceful wrought-iron balconies, flowered plazas and museums. The people of Cuenca are known for their great hospitality.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast)


Day 7 - Cuenca & Surroundings visit

Today you will explore this beautiful city and its surroundings. During this day you will visit some real estate properties and apartments, as well as hospitals, markets and supermarkets, and some expats restaurants while enjoying the scenery, learning people’s customs, daily life, and lifestyle.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast)


Day 8 - Transfer from Cuenca to Vilcabamba Valley

Early in the morning you will continue your trip to Loja then to Vilcabamba Valley, known for its ideal climate and as a place of Longevity. In the afternoon you will spend time getting to know and enjoy this beautiful area.

Accommodation: Hosteria Madre Tierra (Breakfast & Lunch)


Day 9 - Vilcabamba Valley and surroundings

Today you will visit this beautiful valley located in the southernmost province of Loja, 42 kms (27 miles) south of the City of Loja.

The picturesque valley of Vilcabamba lies in the heart of rural Ecuador at approximately 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level. Being in the center of the world, it maintains a spring-like temperature of 18° to 28° Celsius (65° to 82° F) year-round.

Vilcabamba is a Kichwa word that means Sacred Valley in the language of the Incas, it is composed of two words: Huilco meaning “sacred” or “God” and Bamba meaning “valley”; hence, “Valley of God” or “Sacred Valley”.

If you are looking for an area that is quiet and with great views and weather, Vilcabamba is a magnificent place to live, retire, have a vacation home, or investment property.

Accommodation: Hosteria Madre Tierra (Breakfast)


Day 10 - Transfer from Vilcabamba Valley to Loja city – Flight to Quito

In the morning you will be transferred to the city of Loja. Here you will spend the morning visiting the city and surrounding areas. In the late afternoon you will head to the airport for your quick flight back to Quito. Upon your arrival you will be welcome and transferred to your hotel to overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)


Day 11 - Transfer out

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)


Domestic flights

Private transportation

Hotel accommodation in first class hotels

Tours described in the itinerary

English - spanish speaking guides

Meals described in the itinerary


International flights

Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

Tips & Gratuites

Personal Expenses

Hotels used were excellent! Cities booked were good since there was an expat population & the couple we had lunch with was wonderful with all the information they gave us.

Kim Hegazy



Map Retiring Ecuador


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